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Prize Medal for the 1862 London International Exhibition

  • Object:

    Medal

  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    1862 (struck)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Wyon, Leonard Charles, born 1826 - died 1891 (designer and maker)
    Maclise, Daniel RA, born 1806 - died 1870 (Designer)
    Commissioners for the International Exhibition 1862 (commissioned)

  • Credit Line:

    Donated by Sir Henry Cole

  • Museum number:

    38041800446874

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

The Commissioners awarded only two types of bronze medals for the 1862 London International Exhibition. The larger of the two was the Prize medal. Leonard Charles Wyon was paid £6,409 for supplying the official medals; he designed the reverse of the medal himself, and had them struck in the minting facilities of Messrs Pinches.

Physical description

Bronze medal with reverse relief design depicting Brittania and obverse inscription surrounded by a detailed oak wreath. The medal is contained in a leather covered box, decorated with gold and blind lines on the lid; with blue velvet lining and silk inside lid.

Place of Origin

London (made)

Date

1862 (struck)

Artist/maker

Wyon, Leonard Charles, born 1826 - died 1891 (designer and maker)
Maclise, Daniel RA, born 1806 - died 1870 (Designer)
Commissioners for the International Exhibition 1862 (commissioned)

Marks and inscriptions

'HENRY COLE C.B. CLASS XXIX [29]'
Inscribed around the outside edge

Dimensions

Diameter: 7.7 cm

Object history note

The Commissioners awarded only two types of medal for the 1862 London International Exhibition. The larger of the two was this Prize medal. Medallist and die-cutter Leonard Charles Wyon was paid £6,409 for supplying the official medals; he designed the reverse of the medal himself, and had them struck in bronze at the minting facilities of Messrs Pinches. The Scottish artist Daniel Maclise designed the allegorical scene on the obverse, a complex composition for such a small medium; he was most renowned for his large scale murals in the Palace of Westminster.

Descriptive line

Prize medal made for the London International Exhibition of 1862 with reverse composition incorporating Britannia, inscribed to Henry Cole C.B. Class XXIX, struck bronze, by Daniel Maclise RA and Leonard Charles Wyon, London 1862. The medal is contained in a leather covered box.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

P.241 no.2747
Brown, Lawrence. British Historical Medals 1837-1901 - Vol II, The Reign of Queen Victoria. London: 1987
Cole, A.S. and Cole, H, Fifty Years of Public Works by Sir Henry Cole, K.C.B. accounted for in his deeds, speeches and writings, 2 vols (London: Bell, 1884)
Bonython, Elizabeth and Burton,Anthony The great exhibitor: the life and work of Henry Cole, London: V&A publications 2003
602.AD.0711

pp.191-210
Report of the Commissioners for the exhibition of 1862, to the Right Hon. Sir George Grey, Bart., G.C.B., ...
Great Britain. Her Majesty's Commissioners of the International Exhibition of 1862
London : Printed by G.E. Eyre and W. Spottiswoode, 1863. "Presented to both Houses of Parliament by command of Her Majesty."

Greenhalgh, Paul. Ephemeral Vistas: The Expositions Universelles, Great Exhibitions and World’s Fairs, 1851-39. Manchester : Manchester University Press, 1988.
Findling, John E., and Kimberley D. Pelle, eds. Historical Dictionary of World Fairs and Expositions, 1851-1988. New York: Greenwood Press, 1990.
Allen, Leslie Lewis The World's Show: Coincraft's Catalogue of Crystal Palace Medals and Tokens, 1851-1936, London: 2000.
International Exhibition 1862 Medals and Honourable mentions Awarded by the International Juries / With A List of Jurors and Report of the Council of Chairman.
London : Eyre and Spottiswoode, 1862

Production Note

Die struck from bronze

Materials

Bronze

Techniques

Striking (metal-working)

Categories

Coins & Medals; National Art Library

Production Type

Limited edition

Collection

National Art Library

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